New to Vanessa Arbuthnott Fabrics – The Forest Collection

New to Vanessa Arbuthnott Fabrics – The Forest Collection

We are thrilled to introduce you to Vanessa’s latest fabric creation, The Forest Collection. Her immersion in nature has inspired this collection of forest style fabrics perfect for our made to measure curtains, furniture and home furnishings.

Themes inspired by natural woodlands and forests brings the outside in like only Vanessa can! Ever conscious of the environment, inherent in Vanessa’s work practices and mirrored in her designs which burst with beautiful imagery of the world around us.

During the Spring of 2021 when museums were closed and travel was limited, it was the natural world around her which fueled her imagination. Vanessa spent many hours experimenting with the art of potato printing, carving, and then hand printing more and more intricate and delicate shapes. Exploring the interplay between negative and positive spaces.

The flawless and fascinating shapes of ferns have captivated me since I was a child. I would while away hours walking through forests and woods, collecting fern fronds and taking them home to press and draw. I was endlessly captivated by their forms; sometimes symmetrical and other times not.”

A little behind the scenes, where the magic happens in Vanessa’s kitchen with the humble potato.

Little Fern Forest Collection Prototypes   Various Forest Collection Fabric Prototypes   Potato prints for forest collection fabric research

Here is Vanessa speaking first hand about her design process, including the potato prints and process above, in our ‘New Forest’ highlights on Instagram.


Five designs in a total of 27 colourways.  Four are printed on a unique eco-cloth, woven from 60% linen and 40% organic cotton yarns especially for Vanessa in Lancashire, Britain. We have introduced beautiful new colours including Ochre, Lichen, Marigold and Moss.  The fifth fabric design is a most striking, contemporary woven stripe in an earthy soft orange called Carrot.

All of the new colours have been carefully chosen to compliment Vanessa’s colour palette allowing seamless integration with previous collections and current trends.

Buy Forest Collection fabrics as made to measure curtains.


Vanessa explains: “Is a simple, printed asymmetrical stylized fern leaf – with dots down the centre reflecting the line of dotty structures you see on the reverse of fronds, commonly called fruit dots. As flowerless plants, ferns use these structures as cases that hold their reproductive material.”

Forest collection circular pouffes

Circular Pouffes from left to right: Lily Pink, topped with Little Fern – Moss; Ochre, topped with Little Fern – Scree; Moss, topped with Little Fern – Mallow.



This design is a smaller scale negative version of the Wild Fern, reminiscent of Indian block prints, as seen on the Sapperton Armchairs below.

Forest collection Sapperton armchairs

Left Sapperton Armchair is in Peach Wild Fern, and the right in Cornflower Wild Fern.



I designed this relaxed and fun print using potatoes cut in the positive form, scanned in my marks and used the computer to turn it around into a negative pattern.”  The two chairs and cube footstool really show off this fantastic design.

Forest collection chairs and footstool

Chairs are in Soft Cornflower and the cube footstool is in Marigold.


I have always loved the structure of a trellis and here I have taken the bud from my Life & Eternity design and encapsulated it inside this lattice.”

lattice leaf circular footstool   forest collection table cloth and lampshades

Circular Pouffe in Lattice Leaf – Ochre & Lichen, piped & topped in Simple Ticking – Lichen. Again shown on the right along side Little Ferns in Lichen and Ochre.


Striking and contemporary stripe, woven with a blend of organic cotton and linen in an earthy soft orange called Carrot. This beautiful new design also incorporates embroidery.

forest collection cushion covering


LAPLAND STRIPE: This woven linen stripe is an old favourite and has been re-coloured to coordinate with these new prints, combining soft Cornflower Blue with pretty Damson and Lily Pinks.

UP THE GARDEN PATH: We have added a Cornflower of this design.


SIMPLE TICKING DETAIL: This timeless design now comes in Marigold, Cornflower, Lichen, Pigeon, Mallow and Peach.

STOCKHOLM STRIPE: Scree, Soft Cornflower & Charcoal.

Stockholm stripe   life and eternity detail   up the garden path

Stockholm Stripe – Scree, Soft Cornflower & Charcoal / Life & Eternity Detail – Cornflower / Up the Garden Path – Cornflower

lapland stripe   simple ticking detail mallow   simple ticking detail peach

Lapland Stripe – Soft Cornflower, Cornflower, Damson, Lily Pink / Simple Ticking Detail – Mallow and Peach (Here is the entire collection of colourways from our Tickings range)


You can order a copy of our new ‘Design by Colour’ brochure here, which show cases these new fabrics, alongside current collections organised by colour.  Shop online for fast delivery of our fabrics to your door.  Or visit the Furniture and Furnishings sections of our website and select the fabric of your choice for made to measure curtains, blinds, sofas, cushions…

If you’re looking for more fabric designs directly inspired by nature then take a look at the Woodland fabric collection.